Biz Buzz, May 23, 2011

The owners of Redlands Canyon View Carwash, 2258 Broadway, are moving quickly to get their expansion into high gear with the planned June 1 opening of Grand Junction Canyon View Car Wash, 1110 N. Sixth St.

Owners Mikel and Roxanne Lewis in February began renovating the car wash, which had been closed for more than a year.

“I have faith that our local subs can get the job done” in time for the opening, Mikel Lewis said as he worked on getting the new car wash open.

The Lewises gutted the inside of the wash, rebuilt the outside to eliminate some windows and are putting down concrete to for new vacuum pads and other necessities.

Grand Junction officials have been helpful, supporting plans to improve traffic by stacking waiting vehicles on site instead of on Tiger Way, Lewis said.

The car wash will employ an attendant who will direct vehicles into the car wash, in which they’ll put the vehicle in neutral and be pulled through.

Customers will be able to use the loyalty cards at both car washes, which also will employ radio-frequency identification technology to allow customers to clean their cars without getting out, or even lowering their vehicle windows, Mikel Lewis said.

When Hilda Landeros saw Taqueria Guadalajara’s small dining area was costing her business, she had an easy solution.

As the owner of the strip mall at 719 Pitkin Ave. that houses her Mexican restaurant, she expanded into the next-door unit, formerly the home of Axis Screen Printing. Taqueria Guadalajara added about 200 square feet of dining area and doubled its seating from five tables to 10.

“Sometimes a lot of people were waiting for seats,” she said, “and some would decide to leave.”

The expansion was finished in late March, and Landeros said the investment is paying dividends with more people coming in — and staying. She and co-owner Maria Rodriguez also extended the restaurant’s hours to 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. It used to close at 5:30 p.m.

The latest expansion is the second notable one in the restaurant’s evolution. Landeros said the business started nearly 13 years ago as a mobile unit, parking in the lot of the strip mall where Taqueria Guadalajara now resides.

Divine Coffee Stop, formerly One Mean Bean, has a new owner who, in addition to changing the name, remodeled the building and revamped the menu.

Valerie Mendoza bought the popular coffee kiosk at 2678 U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa, where she was a regular customer of the business.

“This is a prime location,” she said. “Nobody else sells coffee up here, so I knew it was a grand opportunity.”

Divine Coffee Stop not only has new flavors, it now offers an assortment of fresh pastries from Homestyle Bakery, 924 N. Seventh St. Within the next two weeks, the kiosk will offer iced coffees as well.

Divine Coffee Stop is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. For information, call 234-4246.

Augusta Fix now is sending customers downtown for their spot of high tea. She moved Augusta’s Tea Room from the attic of her Orchard Mesa home to 924 Colorado Ave., adjacent to the Planet Earth and Four Direction Gallery.

She will continue to host private parties at her home, but for conventional customers, she will serve high tea three times a week: 3–5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cost is $20 per adult and $15 per child.

It took Fix a month to convert the new space into a tea room, complete with murals of garden walls and blooming roses. The room, which she calls The Secret Garden, opened May 7 and has a private alley entrance or can be reached from inside the gallery. Augusta’s Tea Room can seat up to 14 guests at a time.

An array of teas will be served, including Earl Grey and English Breakfast, plus summer favorites such as Plantation Mint and Raspberry Royale. A three-tiered serving set includes pastries, savories and delicacies such as scones, cucumber sandwiches and fresh berries.

The concept of high tea is rare in Grand Junction, but Fix said that is what she thinks her customers love about it.

“It’s a place to come and relax for awhile,” she said.

For information, or to make reservations, call 242-5310.

Red Mango co-owner Mandey Murray said in the frozen-yogurt shop’s first week of being open, the store’s Facebook fans went from 50 to 1,000. Red Mango opened in early May in the strip mall at 2356 Rimrock Ave. in Rimrock Marketplace.


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